Having wall shelves is of great help, be it a big house or an apartment. They offer the convenience of keeping things that can be easily accessed and provide means of displaying your personal possessions, if you so like. But the most important feature of having shelves is that they keep your things organized and making their retrieval convenient. There is none denying that an organized room presents serenity and peace.
Here are some real life experiences of a couple of people I know who have been successful to solve problems of domestic storage and display by incorporating shelves in different parts of their respective homes. Perhaps you get some useful and innovative ideas from their stories and get motivated to try this accessory to solve one of your storage problems.
Here’s the experience of my friend Tony and his wife Jennifer and what they did with a wall shelf in their living room. This couple owns a ranch home in upstate New York. It comprises of three bedrooms with baths and a living room that has a fireplace in the middle of the wall at the far end of the room.
Tony and Jennifer are into collection of limited edition crystal figurines for more than 15 years. Initially when the collection was small, they used the coffee table and end tables of the living room to display their collection. Over time, the collection became too large to be accommodated on the tables in the living room and it needed an exclusive place of its own.
Lack of space for a large curio cabinet set them thinking till Tony hit upon this idea of utilizing the space available over the fireplace and was prompted to get wall shelves.
This couple searched online and was thrilled to locate floating glass shelving called “Wave”. It has curved glass and comes in sections of 24 inches width and 8 inches depth. This is modular kind of a design that allows you to keep expanding your shelves as and when needed. This is easily assembled and gives the impression of waves on the wall.
Tony and Jennifer opted to have two six foot long shelves above the fireplace. They fixed the shelves above each other, separated by about 18 inches. They were able to display their entire collection of crystal figurines and the living room looked spectacular. Now their full collection of crystal figurines is tastefully displayed in the living room that just looks fantastic.
And, here’s how my friends John and Gina converted their family room into an entertainment room. A 60 inch flat panel TV was fixed on one of the walls. Below the TV they had a solid oak wall mounted open shelf cabinet with two shelves that housed their collection of CDs and DVDs.
The receiver/amplifier of home theater and the subwoofer of the audio system were kept on top of the shelving cabinet. Now, to get the real effect of a home theatre they needed to house four speakers, one in each corner. Very imaginatively they provided Architectural Elements corner wall shelves of honey oak in each corner, nearly 2/3 of the way up the wall corners, and placed a speaker on each. The experience of watching a movie in those surroundings was nothing short of a theater.
And, finally let me narrate the creativity of employing wall shelves for having additional space by one of my neighbors. Bruce and Maurine, living down the street, made a recreation room in the basement. One side of the room has a ping pong table, whereas a pool table occupies space at the other side.
With two growing children Shauna 12 years old and Michael 14 years old, this couple is very much into sports. Shauna figures on the skating team of the local rink, while Michael plays for the local little league baseball team during summers. In winters he forms a part of the hockey team at the local rink. Both Bruce and Maurine are on separate bowling leagues.
With every member of the family in active sports, there was bound to be an accumulation of trophies in the family. One day the family realizes that there is no room for an organized display of the possessions it had gathered over the years, and Maurine decided to arrange for that.
Maurine realized that the walls of their recreation room in the basement offered a solution to her problem and instinctively she thought of having a large shelf on each wall to maintain the symmetry. She spent some time online and searched to get a perfect solution to the problem. It was the procurement and installation of the Vertigo 4 piece shelf set in Java available in a dark coffee colored wood.
The said four piece accessory provided sufficient space on all the four walls of the recreation room to accommodate trophy collection of the whole family.
Apart from enabling you to make use of idle vertical space that is always available along the walls some room of your home, and thus proving helpful in organizing your personal items, such wall shelves contribute in bringing a neat look to the surroundings, making your room all the more inviting.
The present size of most homes in the US prompts any intelligent buyer to guess if there is any room for the additional items he or she intends buying. There is none denying the fact that an average householder has very limited floor space to keep even the essentially required hose hold effects, but it is equally true that most of the householders take little pains to organize their homes. Yes, it’s difficult to find time for making that much needed effort, but you can’t escape it nonetheless. Unless you remove all the clutter and organize rest of the things, you won’t really know the space available at your disposal. Here’s just a suggestion for having increased space in your home.
Ever realized that empty walls offer storage space?
Before you finalize alternate plans to increase your storage space, like hiring more storage space, building an additional shed or any other means, make sure to have a second look around the house and check if you have any empty space on the walls. Generally when we say that we are short of space or that there is no more space available, we are referring to floor area, and very comfortably overlook the fact that walls offer an equally good opportunity for storage. There are certain items that can be better stored on the walls, making use of the vertical space for which one has certainly paid.
Wall shelves, apart from helping you to get rid of the clutter, form an excellent medium to organize your frequently used items. Further, they come in such a large variety of designs and shapes that you are sure to find one to fit your intended space on any of the walls.
But, before you really get down to the business of buying these, you have to spend time for planning and bear a bit of physical strain. Now, now, don’t start getting ideas and rest assured you wouldn’t regret having done that. Do a bit of cleaning and find means to dispose off unnecessary items. Any low priced item that you have not used for the last one year or more comes in this category. Having done that go to make an inventory of things for which you need shelves. This is to help you find out two things: First, weight of the items and second the frequency at which you are going to need these items. Reasons are simple to guess. You won’t store a heavier object on delicately fabricated shelving and you would like to have an easy access to items that you are going to need frequently.
Now that you know the items to be stored, take the next step of looking for space around the walls for fixing your new shelving. It may help you to learn that well designed corner-shelves are available that may be used for displaying your favorite piece of chinaware or a photo that you love so much. Wall shelves will always find a place in any house, more so if you have an office at home. Use them for housing your printer and scanner. Else, use them for keeping your stationery and books.
Wall Shelves are Indispensable for Your Storage Needs
Wall shelves are essentially required when you lack storage space for rarely used items. Make use of shelves on the wall of your laundry room. You surely are going to find it suitable for storing suitcases and holiday decorations. Check if you have space above the door that may be used for storage. May be you could have a shallow shelf over there.
Here are some more tips for buying shelves. It will not be very comfortable to buy too deep shelves as removing items and cleaning them gets difficult. Likewise, ensure the height of the shelves to accommodate your possessions. Once you have taken care of these elementary things, you’ll be prompted to use your imagination for a better exploitation of the additional space at your disposal.